SALT LAKE CITY — Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offered a give attention to doctrine with messages of affection, healing and hope in thirteen talks throughout Saturday’s first two periods of the religion’s 188th Semiannual Basic Convention.
The church is properly referred to as a family centered church, but family centeredness “is concentrated on more than mortal relationships,” stated President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency. “Everlasting relationships are also elementary to our theology.”
He listed three “restored gospel truths” he referred to as elementary to church doctrine — there’s a god, who’s the loving Father of all; gender is eternal and “an important attribute of individual premortal, mortal and eternal id;” and God’s love is so great that “he has offered a future of glory for all his youngsters.”
These doctrines, as applied in church policy, typically provoke opposition, President Oaks stated, which church leaders perceive and anticipate. Social media Saturday included some criticism of President Oaks as he reaffirmed the appliance of that doctrine, including that marriage is of devine origin between a man and a lady.
He listed five purposes of these beliefs in church coverage: that the church honors particular person company, that its members are a missionary individuals, that life is sacred and subsequently the church opposes abortion and euthanasia, that the identities of men and women are eternal and subsequently there must be no retreat from traditional marriage, and that the nurturing or youngsters is a sacred obligation.
Opposition, grief and other hardships are inevitable in life and may develop into a “furnace of affliction,” other speakers stated. Once they do, those who cultivate steadfastness and apply it could possibly find aid and peace.
When trials do come, stated Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve, “it is the love of God that rescues, restores and revives.”
That’s as a result of, he stated, Christ’s love “is not a ‘present-card, throw-away, move-on-to-other-things’ love” however the one which Heavenly Father has for his youngsters.
“It is this infinite compassion that permits us to more clearly see others for who they are,” he stated. “By way of the lens of pure love, we see immortal beings of infinite potential and price and beloved little kids of Almighty God. As soon as we see by way of that lens, we can’t discount, disregard, or discriminate towards anybody.”
When affliction arrives, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles stated, divine assist could make all of the distinction.
“Without God, these darkish experiences are likely to despondency, despair, and even bitterness,” he stated. With God, comfort replaces pain, peace replaces turmoil, and hope replaces sorrow. Remaining agency in the religion of Christ will deliver His sustaining grace and help. He will convert trial into blessing… .”
Elder Christofferson urged members to grow to be transformed and rely on Jesus Christ, whom he…